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Featured battle : Hagelberg

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 27 August 1813

When Oudinot retired on Wittenberg after Gross-Beeren his northern flank division under Girard was left isolated. A Prussian corps [16,000 men] and Tschernitcheff's Cossacks [4,000 men] attacked. Less than half the division were able to fight their way back to Oudinot's main body.

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Firepower through the ages - Flintlock musket of the 1770s - MUR3_ftamusket2

Firepower through the ages - Flintlock musket of the 1770s - MUR3_ftamusket2

Loading and firing an American flintlock musket of the American War of Independance

Gallery updated : 2018-09-21 16:58:22

Featured review :

With Napoleon’s Guard in Russia - The Memoirs of Major Vionnet 1812

Louis Joseph Vionnet. Translated & Edited Jonathan
A book I finished reading wanting more of the same. I suspect desperate hunger, numbing cold and the struggle to keep his troops together caused Major Vionnet to make few notes from which these memoirs were constructed. Jonathan North has written an excellent introduction, especially the Peninsular War background to the regiment, and there is an appropriate selection of maps and illustrations to support the text. He has also used other personal accounts to broaden the perspective and add detail. My one minor complaint is that the many footnotes are gathered at the end of the book. If, like me, you always read footnotes, and these are most helpful, then having them on the relevant page is so much more convenient. This book is about detail having a broad overview of the Russian campaign, while not essential, is most useful.
With only a little imagination the reader will gain insights into the hell which engulfed and killed so many of Napoleon’s troops in the retreat from Moscow. And crucially how some of the survivors survived.

Pen & Sword Military. Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2012

Reviewed : 2013-02-25 00:00:00